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George Reid, Party Leader, 24 May 2020

Commonwealth Veterans

Yesterday our Party Leader, George Reid, shared a video around Commonwealth Veterans and how one is currently facing a significant NHS bill as he is not classed as 'British'.

We understand that the Under-Secretary of State in his role at the Office of Veterans' Affairs has contacted this specific veteran and, whilst we recognise the support extended by Johnny Mercer, we firmly believe changes should happen that protect ALL our Commonwealth Veterans that will see them receive automatic residency status on discharge in recognition of the service they have given in the British Armed Forces.

This is not an isolated incident, many Commonwealth Veterans are not considered to have residency unless they have applied and paid for it following discharge, many are unaware of how they do this or indeed the cost involved. There are some who are now facing deportation as they don't have this residency in place, despite the fact they have lived here for many years and have families.

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We actually have Brexit!

Promise made promise kept, well done Boris!

Boris you also need to stick to your promise about the persecution of Armed Forces Veterans who served in Northern Ireland. These cases have been brought to appease terrorists who targeted those very same individuals on a daily basis, yet do not face the risk of persecution because they have protection. How can these men be brought before the courts? They have been previously found not guilty, yet the PSNI and DPP seem to be able to bring them back into court again! How is this without new evidence? How can they prove that SoldiersXYZ fired that shot when the weapon no longer exists or there are no forensics available? It is time that the British Government stood by their service personnel just like they have stood by their country! If there is irrefutable evidence that a crime has been committed then prosecute, but not to appease terrorists and their supporters!

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VAPP Leader George Reid talks candidates

I am so very pleased to see two excellent candidates standing in the upcoming General Election for the Veterans And People’s Party!


Mark and Dave are standing in targeted areas where we believe as a party that we have a good chance of making a difference.

The NEC, candidates team and members have been working tirelessly to get the right candidates out there spreading our name!

Over the past month our candidates team and NEC have put in so much time and effort to ensure that our candidates will hit the ground running!

Mark in Linlithgow & East Falkirk and Dave in Great Yarmouth have a real opportunity to make history and put the party on the map, to carry the torch for others to follow and light a beacon for the people to come to.

I am sure that you will all support both in the coming weeks and do everything that you can to spread the word and to also wish Dave and Mark all the very best for the future.

A short post by VAPP Parliamentary Candidate for Great Yarmouth Dave Harding

Brought up in Glasgow and Manchester I was one of the potential 5 million unemployed. When I left school in the early 80's, rather than go down that potential road I decided to join the army at the tender age of 15yrs and 11months as a junior soldier in the Royal Green Jackets where I served for 14yrs. On leaving I started working in the communications sector subsequently meeting my wife who I married in 1998. I have 5 children 3 grandchildren and 4 dogs.

In my spare time I enjoy watching my 2 younger sons play rugby for Lowestoft and Yarmouth RUFC and football with Lowestoft Town u16 academy. I really enjoy being a granddad and getting my own back on my kids by teaching the grandchildren annoying things.


I believe that an MP has to be approachable, local and actually listen. I will be community MP rather than a career politician. As a public servant I will listen and take action at all levels including liaising and having monthly meetings with Parish, Borough and county councillors.


My office will be open for all charities to use as a drop in service for advice and help. I will also engage with the local St Johns Ambulance to organise first aid training on Saturdays this will be open to anyone in the borough any costings / donations for their time will come out of my own pocket and not the public purse. Living in the borough you will see me out and about when not in parliament in my constituency office or working for you in and around the borough.

Cure The Cause of Mental Illness Not Just Treat The Symptoms

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Paul Sweeny MP recently spoke out in Parliament about Veterans who commit suicide. The interest in Parliament was once again subdued, as it always is when veterans’ affairs are discussed. The general lack of interest shown by current Members of Parliament is typical of a government that doesn’t know what to do.

In response to the governments obvious lack of interest in the subject, Veterans’ and People’s Party Leader Robin Horsfall spoke out with his views not only on Veteran suicides but the state of mental health care as a whole. He said:

“Veterans mental health issues are indicative of a far greater problem. Mental health is a growing problem in the United Kingdom. Depression treatments are absorbing an ever-growing number of doctor’s hours. With no obvious cure and limited funds, the NHS is always under pressure to provide more counsellors, hospital beds and psychiatric wards to manage the symptoms of depression. Perhaps to is time to treat the causes not just the symptoms?

Centrist Party Already Exists

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Having recently read a brief article regarding a new centre left party being established to the political and business elite to stall Brexit we feel it necessary to inform the UK that a bona fide centrist party already exists in the form of the Veterans' and People's Party.

We represent the people of the UK. We intend to serve them, not ignore them. We are formed of the very people who are directly affected by the current governments out of touch ideas and policies that seem to only cement their own careers and futures. 

Since our manifesto release on 29th September 2018 we have seen several of our policy ideas presented by the main parties, for example:

  • The Chancellor announced the use of motor vehicle excise duty for maintaining roads (VAPP Manifesto page 101)
  • Chancellor to announce a £2bn real-terms increase in mental health funding on Monday as he unveils his first budget since Theresa May told the Conservative party conference that voters needed to know austerity was ov...